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Fabian B
Fri, Mar 29, 2013, 9:32pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: All Good Things...

@ Nick P

You rightly comment that "getting into [TV] arc shows is hard."

However, a short brief story arc could be done--as TNG did for Picard when it portrayed the Captain as a Borg in the 2 episode series of 'The Best of Both Worlds' and followed up with 'Family' which showed him as a badly disfigured figure struggling to come to terms with his new experience with the Borg while also still battling with his brother. But Voyager was the worst of the 3 seven episode Trek series since there were just no consequences for the crew if Janeway made a bad decision. Its as if the Voyager producers hit the reset button at the end of an engrossing episode--and everything went back to normal. So, what was the point of the episode then if there are no consequences?

We never see any of the Equinox crew struggle to adapt to life on Voyager--after The Equinox episode was filmed. They just disappear into thin air. There are just no consequences shown on Voyager. At least we see formerly disgraced Sito Jaxa from the TNG episode 'The First Duty' regaining her self respect and self-confidence in the season 7 episode later in 'Lower Decks' and Nick Locarno reappears on Voyager as Lt. Tom Paris. Voyager seems like a missed opportunity here in contrast.
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Fabian B
Fri, Mar 29, 2013, 12:59am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: All Good Things...

The most accurate comparison would be to compare DS9, TNG and Voyager shows since all three series had 7 full seasons unlike TOS or ENT. Overall, DS9 I felt either had better writers and superior scripts to merit more 3, 3.5 and 4 stars ratings than TNG and definitely Voyager by Jammer.

Perhaps DS9 benefited with the involvement of more experienced sci-fi writers after the creation of TNG and the extensive involvement of Ronald D Moore. Voyager, in contrast, was a disappointment and there were almost no story arcs in its series unlike TNG or DS9...and no consequences for a past wrong decision as Jammer notes. (Everything goes back to normal and we have a happy crew again--like the ending of 'Year of Hell') Voyager's finale was a disappointment while DS9's finale was quite good but there should have been a reference to Bajor's acceptance (at least) to the Federation given its importance to this series. After all, the Cardassians had no say now here given their dire situation. So, yes TNG's finale was clearly the best of the three even though, DS9's final season was still superior to TNG's final season. Perhaps this was due to the fact that DS9's producers didn't have to turn their attention to making a future movie unlike TNG.
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Fabian B
Sat, Mar 23, 2013, 12:07am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Preemptive Strike

I agree fully with Jammer's reviews of Journey's End, Firstborn, Bloodlines, Emergence and Preemptive Strike.

Just one comment. In Preemptive Strike, one gets the impression that the reason Picard is putting so much pressure on Ro to betray her Bajoran compatriots in the Maquis and fulfill her mission is because Admiral Nechayev made him promise her to make Ro do it. So, having made this promise, Picard can't back off and let Ro to quit the mission. The Federation's Admirals are just as stubborn and scheming as its Captains sometimes.
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Fabian
Mon, Dec 31, 2012, 11:50pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Attached

The Kesprytt and Crusher/Picard stories did work well together. The fact that the Prytt brain implants allowed Crusher and Picard to read one another's thoughts helped bring the story along when Crusher finds out that Picard dislikes the complex breakfasts that they had been sharing together...or that Picard had had feelings for her even when Beverly was still married. Finding out about your compatriot's best kept secrets does make for stimulating conversation!

I also liked the fact that Commander Riker faced down the uncooperative Prytt minister and told her that unless her forces returned Picard and Crusher to the safety of the Enterprise, there would be a whole slew of Federation ships visiting the Prytt world and beaming down their crews to ask uncomfortable questions about the missing duo. It certainly made the Prytt minister squirm--and decide to turn over the captured Picard over to the Enterprise as soon as possible. Crusher was alraedy safely in Kes territory by the end of the story.
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Fabian
Tue, Jan 25, 2011, 4:13am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: Lifesigns

Dinara named the Doctor after her uncle because her uncle made her laugh and gave her joy...unlike the life she has been living where other Viidian children avoid her like the plaque since she suffers from the sickness of the Phage. I thought this was an very emotionally heartfelt and excellent show of season 2 of Voyager when many other episodes here were just sub-par. The Doctor fell in love with Dinara because they were partly both doctors and liked each others company. The ending--where the Doctor dances with the real, terribly scarred flesh and blood Dinara--was excellent and not the holographically perfect version of her really suited the theme of this show. That Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder.
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Fabian
Sun, Jan 23, 2011, 9:34pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: One Small Step

This was a great, sincere and nicely done episode about the rare 'graviton ellipse' phenomena and how it almost derailed the Mars program for a while there and took out the Ares IV craft. The real point of this episode was how the doomed astronaut John Kelley's logs caused Seven to realise her humanity and not contemptuously dismiss the Chakotay mission as a pointless endeavour. Its not easy to do this when you've been a Borg drone since you were a child. She had no sense of human history at all and previously looked at the Ares craft as just a piece of obsolete human technology.
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Fabian
Tue, Jan 11, 2011, 10:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Seventh Season Recap

3 Minor Corrections to my previous post.

I meant to say that the most important year of Voyager was its 4th season when Seven of Nine replaced Kes. And, of course, Ronald D. (not B.) Moore argued later that Voyager should have taken more risks and played more episodes such as the two-parter Year of Hell. Unfortunately, TPTB missed the chance. Sometimes, I wonder how a gripping show like the Year of Hell was even made where Janeway rejects the Doctor's command to step down and decides to literally go down with the ship at the episode's conclusion. That was quite gripping.

Secondly, I meant to say that Janeway should have followed Neelix's advice to Tuvox in the first season episode closer "Learning Curve" to 'bend' the Federation's rules a bit if the situation demands it. Her minor interference in saving Neelix's life in Homestead doesn't count since the Talaxians there knew about Voyager's existence and were a space faring people already. But TPTB had other views. Finally, Tuvox's role in Voyager diminished (that's the right word) as the show progresssed. Sure he had a good role in recalling his prior life in Workforce which sets in motion the plot there but he was mostly underused as a senior Voyager officer--a bit like Chakotay...even though Tim Russ was an excellent actor.
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Fabian
Mon, Jan 10, 2011, 8:24pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Seventh Season Recap

After seeing most of the Voyager episodes, I would say that the most important of Voyager was its 4th season. You had excellent shows made here such as Scorpion Part II, Prey and the two-parter Year of Hell. Even Ronald B. Moore said that he thought Voyager should have been more like the episode Year of Hell where Janeway took great risks--by defying the Doctor's commands to step down from her post and chose to die with Voyager by deliberately ramming it into the Krenim time-ship. She was truly on the edge in that episode...but in most Voyager episodes, the ship is one happy family and few things ever go wrong which is just not realistic when your'e alone in the Delta Quadrant. Even Captain Ransom in the Equinox broke the Prime Directive because his crew were starving and his ship was only a survey vessel--not a fully equipped starship like Voyager. Maybe that's why Janeway could obey the Prime Directive while Ransom couldn't--she had a massive starship with huge food and military reserves unlike Ransom. Janeway should have followed Neelix's advice to Tuvox in the fisr season show "Learning Curve" to 'bend' the rules a bit if the situation demands it but not 'break' it outright as Tom did in "Thirty Days." The producers should have given the viewers more situations of Janeway taking life and death decisions such as in 'Year of Hell.' Season 4 should have reset Voyager on a new course and the producers missed the opportunity.

By the way, Jammer recommends 11 of the shows in its season 7 but 'Flesh and Blood' was a two-parter, so that would mean 12 episodes...out of 26 episodes in Voyager's final season. Still a mediocre record for its producers. If you total all of Jammer's 3 stars reviews (and higher 3.5 or 4 stars) and add 1 more for the second part of Flesh and Blood, you get 84 episodes out of Voyager's total of 172 episodes or only 49%. Hardly an earthshattering record...though I would have given 3 stars to Future's End Part II. It was somewhat interesting.

My favourite Voyager characters are:
1. The Doctor
2. Seven of Nine
3. Belana Torres (a standout actress)
4. Tom Paris
5. Captain Janeway

My least favourite actors:
1. Ensign Kim (he never really grew into the show)
2. Chakotay (was good/great in Scorpion, Nemesis, The Equinox, Unity, Workforce but somehow the #2 guy in the starship remains a mystery to most viewers...which is not a good thing. Maybe an error on the producer's part but I don't really like this situation. Yes he was loyal to the Captain but surely we needed to see how Chakotay would have led Voyager if he was in charge more often. But no, the producers didn't want to take risks or break with convention.)
3. Neelix (He was ignored in most Voyager episode scripts. One wonders why he remained in the show at all except to cook the crew's meals. And yet he did save the ship from destruction in 'Investigations' and had fairly decent outings in 'Fair Trade' and 'Homestead' when he exited Voyager.)

The only X character is 'Tuvox.' Tim Russ played him well as a senior Vulcan officer in Voyager. Tuvox seemed to have important roles in the first part of the series (Alter Ego, etc) but later in the second part of the show, his role seems to have been dimished far too much. Don't know what to make of him.
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